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How to Join a Band and Play Confidently In New Styles of Music - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 36

If you’re a classical musician who would like to join a band and play confidently in new styles of music, I put together a checklist to make it less overwhelming, The checklist will give you a few things: How to know when and what to play. How to avoid "writers block", i.e., the feeling of having no idea what to do. How to avoid getting "in a rut", i.e., finding yourself always repeating the same few ideas How to make the other musicians you work with feel really comfortable and always...


Jean Luc Ponty on Jazz, Violin, & Musicianship: Creative Strings Podcast Episode 35

In my full interview with Jean Luc Ponty for the Creative Strings Podcast, we explore key points in his development, musical conception, elements of his violin playing, the state of the music industry in general, and more. For example, how he started playing jazz on violin, the influence of Stuff Smith, the role of the bow arm in improvisation, changes in the world of classical violin, attitudes about touring and music as a career, ways in which the music business has changed, and much more....


Joan Griffing: Music for Peace Making & Reconciliation - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 34

When I was growing up people used to say that you should go into music only if you feel you don't have a choice. For those of us that made that choice to go into music, we were inspired by this feeling that we must do it. We had a passion, that kept us awake at night, kept us in the practice room, kept us developing new skills... That's why we went into music. The thing is, when people get out of college and they get into the real life of being a musician the drudgery often sets in. So how...


Stash Wyslouch: Audacity and the Creative Process - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 33

To be human is to make stuff; creativity is natural. Yet it feels incredibly risky to put our creative work out there for people to vote up or down. It feels personal, like people may accept or reject us. We're drawn to the ideas and voices of people who have the courage to take that risk and make something distinctive. Beyond possessing courage, you could say artists who do this consistently are audacious. Stash Wyslouch is a walking billboard of musical audacity; his music combines...


Regina Carter, Jazz Violinist: In Her Own Words – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 32

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter dives into her inspiring beginnings as a stand-alone jazz violinist, jumping to jazz from classical training, inspiring stories of encouraging mentors, and also, her tender experiences of supporting her elderly mother and other loved ones through music. Check out the blog post with show notes here: Regina Carter dives into the balance between approaching musicianship via theory vs...


Creative Functional Musicianship: Season 4 Premiere (solo)- Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 31

Introducing Season 4 of the Creative Strings Podcast! In this episode I share my newly released arrangement of Bach’s Violin Partita #2 (Giga) and preview the upcoming interviews in this season of the Creative Strings Podcast including Regina Carter, Andrea Whitt, Stash Wyslouch, and Joan Griffing. Subscribe to the Creative Strings Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts to catch all of these interviews and more! Check out the full split screen video: Check...


Rez Abbasi- On Practice, Improvisation, & Composition: Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 30

Guitarist Rez Abbasi is well known for his distinctive fusing of modern jazz with influences from Hindu North Indian music and Pakistani traditional music. In this episode of the Creative Strings Podcast, hear him reflect upon how he developed his own voice as a player and composer, as well as what it means for musicians jumping cultural boundaries to explore a wider variety of music. Check out the blog here: Watch my...


Identity, Injury, and Rewriting a Musician's story with Janet Orenstein

Imagine, as a musician, if you lost the ability to use your hands. How would you recover? How would you find fulfillment, and what would replace the void in your self image? If you're like most musicians, your craft is a big part of your identity, and even self worth. A debilitating injury would clearly be devastating for most of us. But what might you learn about yourself in the aftermath, and is it possible to somehow come out better for it? Many of us have suffered some kind of injury....


Artistic Pursuance vs The Long Arc w/ Janie Barnett: Creative Strings Podcast EP 28

Read the blog post here: Janie Barnett's new CD, "You See This River" is original, personal, and beautiful; the fact that she put it out 30 years into her career intrigued me. I wanted to know how she's managed to piece her career together so many years, before, during, and after raising children, all the time staying in NYC. I wanted to find out how an artist keeps their fire for creating new material into their 30s, 40s. and beyond. Let's face it- half of the...


The Art and Life of Street Performers w/ Valentin Spurchisi – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 27

Remember when classical violinist Joshua Bell played in the subway for 45 minutes and made $32? The author of the story raised questions about artistic context and the loss of appreciation for beauty in modern life. A similar experiment was conducted and written about almost 100 years ago, with a similar focus, and here’s my completely different take on the whole thing: Live music makes a huge difference for people on the street, in hospitals, in communities, in prisons, in war zones,...


Why Musicians Need Video in 2018 - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 26

Download my video starter worksheet for musicians here(free): Get my favorite tools- TubeBuddy: YouTube StarterKit: In this video I cover: Why video is essential for any self-employed musician in 2018, why your career is likely to suffer if you don’t have videos, how making videos will benefit your musical and business growth, and what has worked for me on my road to 1,000,000 views on my YouTube channel. Watch the video...


The Intersection of Classical, Jazz, and Flamenco w/ Pablo Martín Caminero

After staying up until 7 a.m. surrounded by Flamenco guitar, dancing, and singing in a room full of people clapping knowingly along to the Bulería, Tango, and Soleá, I was forever changed. It was my first trip to Spain in 2001, and I had just discovered the music world’s best kept secret. Following 20 more trips to Spain, I get to share a bit of that magic with you today in a fully produced audio episode plus an extended video version. (scroll down for both). All the music in Spain is...


21st Century Suzuki Teaching With Chili Dog Strings -Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 24

Neil Fong Gilfillan and Rachel Samson are creative, inspiring young string teachers. Together they run the teaching studio in Frisco, TX called Chili Dog Strings . This husband and wife duo combine a love of tradition in the Suzuki method with a curiosity for adventure, showcasing the complimentary styles they bring together in their teaching studio. They serve their local community with private and group lessons, plus workshops in area schools. They are making a lot of noise online with...


Earl Maneein - Heavy Metal Violinist Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 23

Although he is a versatile classically trained violinist, Earl Maneein has taken the path less traveled, pursuing his passion for extreme music. Scroll down to listen in on Episode 23: - Earl's definition of "Heavy" or "Extreme" Music - Earl's projects "Black Heart Sutra," "SEVEN)SUNS," and "Resolution 15" - Moving between classical and extreme music - His path to developing a career as a full time artist while maintaining his street cred in the heavy music scene Please take a moment to...


Bryan Wilson - Cellist, Composer, Subway Performer - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 22

Bryan Wilson is a cellist, composer, educator and author of the book Cello Chords. He wrote, produced, and just released a solo debut "Oso Perezoso" , and has played in and managed the post-rock band You Bred Raptors? since 2011. Scroll down to listen in on his hilarious and fascinating insights in Creative Strings Podcast Episode 22, during which we cover: - Performing in NYC Subways - Booking tours and running an indie rock band as a business - Breakdowns of several songs off his new...


Scott Laird - Teaching Functional Musicianship in Orchestra - Creative Strings Podcast Episode 21

Scott D. Laird is the Fine Arts Coordinator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where he directs the orchestra and teaches courses in Recording Technology, Classical Guitar and Piano, and Music History. I've always admired his ability to navigate the worlds of classical, modern, and participatory musical styles- as a player, conductor, and teacher. We sat down to talk about bringing these worlds together through the lens of a string teacher. Scroll down to learn about:...


Finding Your Vision and Reaching Your Goals as an Artist - Creative Strings Podcast Ep 20

Over thanksgiving I sat down with New York Times bestselling author of The School of Greatness (and my little brother) Lewis Howes. Lewis is a world-class athlete and business guru who's top-rated podcast has over 25 million downloads. Lewis and I discuss how artists can be successful by setting a clear vision and concrete ways of achieving them.


How to grow a business for working musicians - Creative Strings Podcast Ep 19

- commit to run your career like a business and set aside time each week to working on your business articulate very specific goals (no more than 3) Create a specific action plan (a sales and marketing campaign) Create or refine your marketing assets execute If you're tired of the status quo and want to jumpstart new projects, jump on a call with me while availability lasts to discuss your business


Changing Perceptions and Culture with Black Violin - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 18

"We get to completely change perceptions every time we step on the stage..." Fusing Hip-Hop and Classical I first heard Black Violin when they won Apollo in 2005, and followed them over their 10+ year career following. I was excited to finally meet Kev and Wil and talk with them about Black Violin, how they got started, their influences and goals. Scroll down to listen in and learn about: Kev and Wil's upbringings, and how they got into classical music. How neither of them had a lesson until...


Finding yourself in different styles of music with Mike Block - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 17

"I really enjoyed finding myself in different contexts and being able to explore different parts of myself in different styles." Classical Cellist turned multi-style master I sat down with Cellist Mike Block to discuss his classical training (Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master's for Julliard) and how he moved into alternative styles. We also discuss the importance of music camps including the Mike Block String Camp, the Global Musician Workshop and the Creative Strings Workshop....